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Look who's coming to dinner // Juan Pablo Montoya lines up on pole for the Brickyard 400

Published by Leigh O'Gorman

Taking place in the IndyCar Mecca that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard 400 sees NASCAR's rolling stock car machines tear upon hallowed ground once again. First held at the Speedway in 1994, the 400-mile race has seen some good races, some controversial ones and famous winners; although in recent years, it has been controversy that has made headlines.

That's how they do it in the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Daytona
That's how they do it in the NASCAR Sprint Cup at DaytonaCredit: Getty Images/Red Bull Photofiles

Over the years there had been a number of unofficial stock car runs at Indianapolis, most notably a 24-hour run by US racing legend Tony Bettenhausen, with Pat O'Connor and Bill Taylor in a Chrysler in 1954. However, it wasn't until AJ Foyt and Tony George ran a number of laps around the circuit in 1991, that the possibility of stock cars on the Speedway became a consideration.

When the first Winston Cup race took place at Indianapolis in August 1994, the then 23-year-old Jeff Gordon picked up a very famous victory in front of a record NASCAR crowd. The race also saw a record 86 cars attempt to qualify, with 43 drivers not making the field.

Since then Gordon has picked three further victories, with reigning Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson is on three wins. Tony Stewart and Dale Jarrett both have two, while the late Dale Earnhardt taking just one.

Former Williams and McLaren Formula 1 driver Juan-Pablo Montoya has had a somewhat chequered time at the event. Finishing second to Stewart on his Brickyard 400 début in 2007, the Colombian was famously denied victory last year when he was adjudged to have sped in the pitlane, earning a drive through penalty - an accusation he still vehemently denies. It was especially bitter for Montoya who had easily dominated the race and was on course for his first victory since the 2008 Daytona 24 hour race.

The 2008 running of the race easily caused the most harm to the event. Almost reminiscent to the failings of Michelin at US Grand Prix three years earlier, Goodyear suffered terrible tyre wear, with drivers suffering multiple blow-outs after only 10 laps of running. This would result in deliberate and lengthy "competition cautions" throughout the race, as each team was forced to change tyres every every few laps, essentially making a mockery of the event.

This year sees Montoya on pole with Johnson, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman filling out the top 5. It has been a tough season so far for Montoya, who was a Chase competitor in the final stages of 2009; however retirements and inconsistent pace have scuppered a good Championship run. 1997 Formula 1 World Champion, Jacques Villeneuve will be starting from last on the grid.

The Brickyard 400 will take in 160 laps with the green flag being thrown at 6pm (GMT+1) and while there is no live feed (ala IndyCar), the race can be found easily on the likes of JustinTV or Channel Surfing.

Starting Lineup

PosDriverSpeed
1Juan Pablo Montoya182.278
2Jimmie Johnson182.142
3Mark Martin181.803
4Jamie McMurray181.748
5Ryan Newman181.741
6Clint Bowyer181.517
7Greg Biffle181.353
8Jeff Gordon181.251
9Kevin Harvick181.210
10Jeff Burton181.156
11Brad Keselowski180.883
12Martin Truex Jr.180.730
13Matt Kenseth180.571
14Kurt Busch180.426
15Tony Stewart180.382
16A J Allmendinger180.357
17Dale Earnhardt Jr.180.260
18Denny Hamlin180.249
19Carl Edwards180.220
20Landon Cassill180.213
21Robby Gordon180.155
22Regan Smith180.047
23Kyle Busch179.845
24Kasey Kahne179.791
25Sam Hornish Jr.179.591
26Paul Menard179.497
27Elliott Sadler178.962
28David Ragan178.916
29David Reutimann178.891
30Scott Speed178.884
31Bill Elliott178.845
32Reed Sorenson178.838
33Joe Nemechek178.834
34Joey Logano178.781
35Max Papis178.621
36Bobby Labonte178.377
37Michael McDowell178.341
38Travis Kvapil178.013
39Todd Bodine177.890
40Dave Blaney177.578
41Marcos Ambrose175.562
42Kevin Conway175.179
43J Villeneuve177.466



Taking place in the IndyCar Mecca that is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Brickyard 400 sees NASCAR's rolling stock car machines tear upon hallowed ground once again. First held at the Speedway in 1994, the 400-mile race has seen some good races, some controversial ones and famous winners; although in recent years, it has been controversy that has made headlines.

Event start

18:00GMT +01:00

25 July 2010